The Talent Development program develops competencies so graduates can create and manage programs that enable organizational employees to maximize performance.
Our program is designed for working professionals, with 100% of the coursework delivered online. The curriculum was developed through a workshop of industry experts providing input into the knowledge and skills need to perform at the highest levels.
Position titles of graduates may include, among others:
The curriculum was determined by expert professionals in the field of talent development working for major employers within the Chicagoland area. Experts were determined by working with the Association of Talent Development – Chicago Chapter (the world’s largest ATD chapter).
With the amount of time and money organizations are spending to develop talent, there is an expectation that talent development activities produce bottom line results. Talent developers need to have an in-depth understanding of what it takes to design, develop, and lead talent development activities that results in a return on the organizations investment. This online master’s degree program is designed to provide current and future talent developers, instructional designers, and human resource professionals with the specific knowledge and skills to successfully perform within the occupation.
Faculty are experts in the Talent Development field, bringing both academic and practical consulting experience into the classroom. Each is primarily dedicated to teaching, so developing you, rather than research, is their main focus.
Research: Friction, Stir Welding of Aluminum and Titanium Alloys, True Assessment of the Classroom through the Workplace Performance, History of, Technological Development in Yesterday, Today, and the Future, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing, Rapidprototyping, Manufacturing Systems (including Lean, DFMA, System Simulation, etc), Quality and Operations Management with Statistical Process Control, Family History
Research interests include: Impact of learning with dynamic graphics, Authentic learning pedagogy, Cross media development, Analytics and 1-to-1 Marketing strategies, Gaming, Animation, and Simulation.
Dr. Chadd teaches courses in the Career and Technical Education, Organizational and Professional Development, and M.S. in Technology programs. Her passion lies in helping future teachers and trainers further develop their talents by creating an awareness of teaching strategies that help reach all learners. She also enjoys utilizing these strategies in her own teaching.